After I restart, everything from the A/V output works fine, and I can login locally, but until I do, I can't seem to login via SSH. I can't get the connection to establish. Is this something that happens by default?


  • Are you sure it's properly booted up? If it went to recovery mode (e.g. when being unable to mount removable drives via fstab) it's not accessible by ssh.
    – Ghanima
    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:03

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sudo raspi-config

Go to ssh and ensure its enabled. This should mostly do the trick.

Since you are have a spare monitor also go to terminal and type


So you can ensure that it actually has an active IP Address


No, it is not something which happens by default.

I usually use my Pis headless without an attached keyboard or screen and login via ssh. This is the default behaviour for the Raspbian systems I have installed.

If you have any further questions it would be useful to know if you are using a wired or wireless connection and details of the firmware version and operating system you are using.

  • It's the latest version of Raspian (looks like 3.18.7 from /proc/version). The Pi is wired to a wireless bridge, and I was trying to access it via a wireless connection. The strange thing is, I could swear I've done this numerous times before without having logged into the main terminal first. Thanks for the clarification...sounds like it was a fluke or else there is a bug somewhere.
    – Dewey
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:52

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